Only a nitpicker could fault Dave Klarmann's record as he nears the end of his second year as North Carolina's coach.
Willie Scroggs' successor had an NCAA championship and a 16-0 record in his first season. Now, the Tar Heels are 12-2, with losses to Syracuse and Loyola, as they await Saturday's NCAA tournament semifinal against Princeton in Philadelphia. Make Klarmann 28-2 lifetime.
Klarmann's start as a head coach brings to mind Don Zimmerman, who had 14-0 and 13-1 records and successive NCAA championships in his first two years as Johns Hopkins coach in 1984-85.
Clearly, Baltimore is Carolina's most productive recruiting ground. Sixteen players on the roster are from metro Baltimore, including Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year Alex Martin and two other first
team All-ACC choices, John Webster and Jim Buczek. Hopkins has only 14 metro Baltimore players, plus one from Chestertown and another from Deale.
Piccola No. 1: Brian Piccola supplanted Terry Riordan as Hopkins' points leader with six goals and two assists in the quarterfinal victory over Towson State. He has 56 points to 52 for Riordan and Jeff Wills.
Riordan, with a team-high 36 goals, is only two shy of the record for a Hopkins freshman. Mike O'Neill scored 38 in 1975.
Ivy connection: North Carolina was confronted last week in the quarterfinals by Brown senior Darren Lowe, the Ivy League Player of the Year. He had two goals and four assists. In this Saturday's semifinals, the Tar Heels get Lowe's brother, Kevin, a sophomore attackman who is Princeton's leading scorer (49 points) for the second straight year.
Another Princeton sophomore, Taylor Simmers, the team's No. 3 scorer, has an older brother, Clayton, who was Yale's leading scorer this season.
Good chemistry: In Syracuse's second season without Gary and Paul Gait, Syracuse coach Roy Simmons thinks he has a team that rivals the ones featuring the peerless midfielders.
"In terms of chemistry and attitude, this is the best group of kids I've had," said Simmons, who has the Orange in the semifinals for the 10th straight year. "We have no big heroes, no Gaits, but it's a decent team. Some people think it's better than the 1989 and '90 teams."
The Orange does have one big hero: Tom Marechek. The senior attackman had five goals in the quarterfinal win over Yale, leaving him second to Gary Gait on the school's all-time goals list. With two games at most remaining, Marechek needs 14 goals to tie Gait at 192.
Marechek, who scored once in a 15-14 loss to Johns Hopkins in March, will get a last shot at the Blue Jays in Saturday's semifinals.
"We were fortunate he didn't have his usual day of four or five goals," said Hopkins coach Tony Seaman. "I guess our goalie [Scott Giardina, 19 saves, including two spectacular stops on Marechek] had his stick in the right position. But that was a long time ago."
All-star lacrosse teams named yesterday for the Division I and III men's North-South games to be played June 5 at Homewood Field:
DIVISION I South
Attack: Joe Matassa, Duke; Jim Blanding, Loyola; Justin Tortolani, Princeton; John Blatchley, Towson State; Stephen Marohl, UMBC; Charlie Horning, Mount St. Mary's. Midfield: Adam Wright, Johns Hopkins; Gregg Schmalz, Duke; Dan Donnelly, North Carolina; Tom Stanziale, Delaware; James Buczek, North Carolina; Brian Lukacz, Johns Hopkins; Lindsay Dixon, Towson State; Gary Miller, Loyola; Dave Willard, Maryland; Gary Waller, Princeton. Defense: George Glyphis, Virginia; Brian Burlace, Maryland; Sean Quinn, Loyola; Carl Beernink, Towson State; Michael Marino, Princeton; Sean Donnelly, Navy. Goalie: Steve Kavovit, Maryland; Scott Giardina, Johns Hopkins. Head coach: Dave Urick, Georgetown. Assistant coach: Doug Barlett, VMI.
Attack: Tom Marechek, Syracuse; Darren Lowe, Brown; Josh McHugh, Yale; Brian Bugge, St. John's; Steve Gray, Cornell. Midfield: Tom Gilmartin, Syracuse; Clayton Simmers, Yale; Jack Herzlinger, C.W. Post; Paul Faust, Harvard; Mike Cain, Massachusetts; Joe Lando, Cornell; John Schlipf, Massachusetts; Chris Johnston, St. John's; Ed McGuire, Army; Chris Prentice, Army. Defense: John Winship, Syracuse; John Sheehan, Brown; Chris Lepp, Army; Mike Iglio, C.W. Post; Mario Lopez, Massachusetts; David Ryan, Yale. Goalie: Pat Flynn, Brown; Tom Shea, Cornell; Robert Serratore, SUNY-Stony Brook. Head coach: Jack Emmer, Army. Assistant coach: John Espey, SUNY-Stony Brook.
DIVISION III South